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August 20, 2013 / Issue 35

In this issue:

Mostashari’s departure leaves big shoes to fill

CVS thinks $50 is enough reward for giving up healthcare privacy

HIMSS suggests Stage 2 extension

Talking scales and telemedicine: ACO tools to keep patients out of the hospital

HHS settles with health plan in photocopier breach case

Doctors who profit from radiation prescribe it more often, study finds

Penn State employees protest wellness effort

Not cheating the system: Study finds appropriate use of clinical decision support

CMS updates ICD-10 general equivalence mappings

Telemedicine helps doctors beam into rural hospitals, treat newborns

Lyme disease infects 300,000 a year, CDC says

Exercise not a quick fix for sleep disorders, study says

Most popular last issue: New iPhone rumors point to a fingerprint reader, plastic 'iPhone 5C' model

Hot Clips: PACS/RIS/Imaging


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Feature Article: Policymaking

Mostashari’s departure leaves big shoes to fill

But the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) must continue the fight to connect health IT to the needs of care transformation.

By Jim Hansen, Lumeris

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Privacy

CVS thinks $50 is enough reward for giving up healthcare privacy

The drugstore chain is expanding its ExtraCare rewards program for prescription drugs, but to join consumers must give up healthcare privacy protections under HIPAA.

Read the LA Times article. >

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Meaningful Use

HIMSS suggests Stage 2 extension

With an array of industry groups anxiously calling for a delay of meaningful-use Stage 2, HIMSS has made the case for a more nuanced approach, asking federal officials to launch Stage 2 on schedule but extend year one of the attestation period.

Read the Government Health IT article. >

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ACOs and Telehealth

Talking scales and telemedicine: ACO tools to keep patients out of the hospital

When Bill Hill prepares to weigh himself each morning, a mechanical voice speaks to him from a small box on his nightstand that is connected to the scale on the floor. "Ready for Health Check?" the voice asks. "Do you want to check your weight? Please step on the scale." As Hill, 75, steps on the scale, his weight appears 24 miles away on a computer monitor at Essentia Health in the northwestern Minnesota town of Duluth.

Read the KHN article. >

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Security

HHS settles with health plan in photocopier breach case

Under a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Affinity Health Plan, Inc. will settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules for $1,215,780 after it returned multiple photocopiers to leasing agents without erasing the data contained on the copier hard drives.

Read the HHS news. >

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Radiation

Doctors who profit from radiation prescribe it more often, study finds

Doctors who have a financial interest in radiation treatment centers are much more likely to prescribe such treatments for patients with prostate cancer, Congressional investigators say in a new report. The investigators, from the Government Accountability Office, said that Medicare beneficiaries were often unaware that their doctors stood to profit from the use of radiation therapy. Alternative treatments may be equally effective and are less expensive for Medicare and for beneficiaries, the report said.

Read the NY Times article. >

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Workplace Health

Penn State employees protest wellness effort

Pennsylvania State University employees are protesting a new wellness program that requires them to provide detailed health information or pay penalties that can total $1,200 a year, in an unusually public backlash against an increasingly common employer practice.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Decision Support

Not cheating the system: Study finds appropriate use of clinical decision support

In a recent study, researchers found an extremely low rate of error in clinical decision-support input, with over 90 percent of orders entered correctly. Of the input errors, only 4.2 percent could be construed as physicians deliberately entering incorrect information to “game” the system.

Read the Advisory Board Co. article. >

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Coding

CMS updates ICD-10 general equivalence mappings

Based on stakeholder feedback, CMS has updated the general equivalence mappings for translating data between the ICD-9 and ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure coding systems in 2014.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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Telehealth

Telemedicine helps doctors beam into rural hospitals, treat newborns

A premature baby born at high altitude faces challenges uncommon among newborns in Denver that often can't be treated by rural physicians. But expanded technology is helping beam the expertise of neonatal specialists in the city into critical-care situations at 33 remote hospitals in Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming.

Read the Denver Post article. >

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Personal Health

Lyme disease infects 300,000 a year, CDC says

Lyme disease is a “tremendous” public health problem, infecting 10 times more Americans than reports have suggested, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Personal Health

Exercise not a quick fix for sleep disorders, study says

Insomniacs of the world: If you think taking a long run today will make you sleep better tonight, think again. While exercise has long been a prescription for insomnia, new research suggests that exercise doesn’t immediately translate into a better night’s sleep – unless you stick with it for months.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Most popular last issue: Mobile Tech

New iPhone rumors point to a fingerprint reader, plastic 'iPhone 5C' model

With Apple expected to release a new iPhone in September, new reports indicate that the next version – assumed to be called the iPhone 5S – will have a fingerprint reader. There is also mounting evidence that the company will release a cheaper, plastic version of the iPhone to appeal to the lower end of the phone market.

Read the ABC News article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: PACS/RIS/Imaging

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning PACS/RIS/Imaging, a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. Imaging: Taking its rightful place at the enterprise level
    Image-enabling the EMR leads to increased productivity and efficiencies.
  2. Advancing RIS features while addressing MU
    New business intelligence tools enable improved care and profitability.
  3. The endless potential of RTLS
    Asset management and real-time location systems save money, time and equipment.
  4. Making the switch to vendor-neutral archiving
    How to optimize comprehensive data storage for healthcare's new age.

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